Attrition – Interview

Attrition – Interview

Interview with Martin Bowes of Attrition and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD: What type of artist are you?
MB: I’m not keen on labels …but sometimes they can help… post-punk / electronic /industrial / gothic I guess covers most of it!


PD:Tell us the brief history of yourself.
MB: ATTRITION started way back in December 1980… so this year we will be enjoying our 40th anniversary… but first we are releasing the new single… The Great Derailer…
and album, The Black Maria…and continuing our shows around the world…
ATTRITION has been through various line up changes but always centred on founder Martin Bowes… these days often with guest musicians. We have released many albums over the years and toured all over the place…. It’s been a wonderful journey…


PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
MB: I started music after experiencing punk in the late 70’s… although the post punk sound of PIL/Magazine/Joy Division/ Cabaret Voltaire was much more of an influence musically… over the years its grown and mutated… non-musically the arts… painting and films…often surreal…. And my every day life experience


PD: What are your dreams and goals?
MB: I have achieved a lot of them… making music for so long… many recordings and tours all over the place… but there’s always something more to do… I often feel like I am just starting out…. Which is a good feeling J


PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
MB: I write the majority of the music… usually dealing with philosophy. Religion, personal and sometimes political issues…. Its been a long road…


PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
MB: Well I often work with record labels who will promote…but I’ve always been very involved myself… constantly spreading the word… live shows have always been so important… magazines and radio always..and now social media of course…. There is always more to do but it seems to work!


PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
MB: It’s a little old fashioned nowadays with streaming taking over for sales in the main…downloading is fine… its interesting that nowadays there are so many ways to experience recorded music… streaming/downloading/cds/ vinyl, even cassettes… any way people choose to listen to music is fine by me!


PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
MB: I’ve never felt that at all!


PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
MB: Negativity is a big one… and I often hear it in music… its so debilitating… stops the creativity and the drive from happening…. Just keep doing it…. It will work for you in the end….


PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
MB: There have been many… first album in 1984…first US Tour in 96…. Etc etc…. but my proudest is to have met 2 people that were named after one of my songs… probably my most well known one… A Girl called Harmony… (1991) I still chat with one “Harmony” in the USA from time to time…I don’t think their parents could have given me a better review… J


PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
MB: We are releasing the new single this week… The Great Derailer ….fittingly on Brexit day!
There will be a video to accompany it and a full length album coming a little later this year….
Do listen to it on out official bandcamp site..


PD.  Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
MB: We just came back from our first tour of Japan last month which was amazing…I am setting up shows worldwide at the moment to accompany this years releases…. The next one is our first hometown show in 5 years, at the Tin in Coventry on April 3rd… there will be a lot more…  our first South American tour in June, UK, Canada  and European shows…
Be there if you choose to be J

Thanks for the interview Pete… I hope people will check out our band sites …
Martin Bowes, Coventry, England. 2020

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